Hawaii hiking -- Oahu

Hawaii hiking? Whether you are searching for an easy trail or strenuous hikes, or something right in between, Oahu has one to suit you. You will be rewarded with vegetation and wildlife only found in the Hawaiian Islands. You will also be treated to some of the most breathtaking scenery on the islands.

Let me be very clear in stating that I am NOT a hiker...The hikes listed here are considered easy hikes and would suit most visitors.

For a complete list of hikes on Oahu, I suggest you visit Backyard Oahu. It is a great website...very detailed and comprehensive.

Diamond Head Crater Hike

This is probably the most frequented Hawaii hiking trail. Half of it is paved concrete and stairs, making it a popular training route for school athletic teams.

The trail begins within Diamond Head Crater, and is 1.4 miles roundtrip. At the top is a 99-step staircase followed by the summit, which offers a beautiful panoramic view (pictured below) from Koko Head all the way around to the leeward (west) coast.

Hours--6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The best time to go is in the morning because it can get quite hot. Bring water, sunscreen, and your camera!

Cost--$1 (it used to be free)

Manoa Falls Hike

This is another popular Hawaii hiking trail for tourists and locals alike. It runs approximatley 1.5 miles round trip along a well-traveled path. Most of the time, you are going through a rainforest, so the trail can be quite muddy. At the end you are rewarded with Manoa Falls, a 150 foot waterfall that is almost always flowing.

TIP--Besides water, don't forget to bring mosquito repellant for this one.

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail

This trail is on the eastern tip of Oahu and offers fantastic views of the windward (east) coast. It is paved with asphalt with a distance of about 2 miles long to the lighthouse.

This is the sign along the road marking the parking lot...

On most days, you can see the island of Molokai on the horizon. On really clear days, you can see Haleakala Crater on Maui as well. The two other islands you can see are Manana Island and Kaohikaipu Island. This is also a great spot to see humpback whales between December and April.

TIP--The aspahlt gets hot so go early and bring water and sunscreen.

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